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03/25/2006: Andrei Kirilenko’s 15-14-3-3-10 night

On this day 14 years ago, Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko recorded a triple-double the extremely hard way against the Kings, finishing with this stat line: 

  • 15 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 10 blocks 

It is fairly safe to say we will never see another Kirilenko, for two reasons: 

  • He was a Russian guy with AK as his initials who wore the number 47, hence his rather aggressive but undeniably fitting nickname, AK-47.  

  • He was 6-foot-9 and led the league in blocks one season, but could also pass like a point guard.

Plus, he kind of looked like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, rocked a batshit-crazy but kind of rad back tattoo and had a weird thing going on with his wife, which we’ll leave at that. Random quarantine-induced thought: During his third year in the league, AK-47 and Mo Williams played together, which makes you think: In what other realm besides sports would a Russian with a bowl cut and a poor kid from Jackson, Mississippi join forces to work together in Utah?


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